Casey Connects: Summer 2003

Countering the Hidden Costs of Poverty

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

June 21, 2003


This issue of Casey Connects examines how America’s working poor pay more for staples and shares the Foundation’s recommendations for eliminating the devastating surcharge. Smaller stories introduce the Foundation’s multiyear Human Services Workforce Initiative and spotlight Casey-celebrated movers and shakers.

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Key Takeaway

The goal: Level the affordability playing field to help America’s working poor not just scrape by, but succeed

The Casey Foundation supports 4 moves to help reduce the high cost of being poor: 1) encouraging retailers to locate in low-income communities; 2) providing education on and access to financial services that build assets and boost credit; 3) enforcing stronger regulatory reforms; and 4) reinforcing policies that protect earnings and savings.

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